About the School

Professor Nix with students Since its first graduating class in 1973, The University of Tulsa has graduated over 1,400 nurses with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree.

At Ease Please

TU nursing graduates understand that the patient is more than the child—it is a child and a family.

Pediatric nursing is often a favorite of nursing students as they progress through the program. This specialty requires a skills set that includes working with families and alleviating the fears of children.

For example, imagine you’re a 7 year old about to undergo a CAT scan. To you, the machine looks like a craft straight out of a Spielberg movie. You have to lie perfectly still. You don’t feel well, and you’re terrified. Who can help smooth out the creases of your fears?

Kristie Nix, Associate Professor of Nursing, teaches students how to make children feel at ease. “When you can help a child cope with a situation, whether it’s a procedure or a new experience, and they’re not terrified, then you know you’ve accomplished something,“ Nix said. “It is rewarding to see that you did your very best with them. You can see it in their faces and in their eyes.”

“TU nursing graduates understand that the patient is more than the child—it is a child and a family. They know their care must holistically address more than the physical illness a child has,” Nix said. “There also may be emotional needs, legal issues or ethical concerns. Our graduates have a great advantage of thinking critically and problem solving so they can provide a higher level of care. I think that’s the TU advantage.”

TU students have clinical experiences in hospital pediatrics during the second semester of their Junior year. Dr. Gaston, Director of the School of Nursing, said, “We are very fortunate to be able to use the Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, northeastern Oklahoma’s only dedicated pediatric facility, for their clinical course. Many of our graduates choose to specialize in pediatric nursing.”

Our Program

The Nursing program begins clinical experiences during the Spring of the Sophomore year, giving students five semesters to develop their clinical skills, while most programs have four semesters. Tulsa has a wide range of hospitals and community agencies that are used by the nursing program. Graduates are prepared for employment in hospital and community health agencies. Job opportunities abound for TU nursing graduates. There is a high demand for nurses that is expected to continue for the next twenty years.


The School of Nursing has accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000 and program approval by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. It is a member of the Council on Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.